March 10th, 2012
10:02 PM ET
Joss Whedon wants to surprise you.
To that end, he and director Drew Goddard are pretty circumspect about what they want to say about their new movie, "The Cabin in the Woods."
The film premiered opening night at SXSW where fans stood in the pouring rain waiting to see the horror movie with a twist, served only as the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" impresario can do.
The movie's cast's includes "Thor" star Chris Hemsworth and "West Wing" actor Bradley Whitford and may mark something new for horror genre fans as all is not what it appears to be. Five friends venture into "The Cabin in the Woods" for a trip that soon turns into a less than relaxing vacation.
Whedon produced and co-wrote the film with Goddard, a long-time friend with whom he had worked with on "Buffy." The pair told CNN they set out to make a horror movie that was as smart and funny as it was frightening.
"We love horror movies, we love all of them," Whedon said. "We wanted to do something that was unbridled. We didn't make it for a studio, we didn't make it under contract, we said just said "What if the two of us could write anything we wanted" and this is what we came up with."
"It's obviously a love letter to horror movies," he added.
Director Goddard said he and Whedon wanted to bring something new to the genre beyond just slash and gore.
"We wanted to try to make something new," he said. "I feel like audiences are responding to that."
Whedon and Goddard reportedly went to great lengths to keep the film's twists and turns a secret. So in an age where many plots are leaked, sometimes even before the movie is released, how will they deal with the spoilers?
"There will be much gnashing of teeth," Whedon joked. "Ultimately, the people who want to see it the way it's meant to be seen, without spoilers, will do that. And people who need to have it spoiled, they will enjoy it to. It's a movie meant to be watched several times."
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